Lt. Demeika McClendon has earned The International Association of Police Chiefs “40 under Forty” award, recognizing forty law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 around the globe who demonstrate leadership, exemplify commitment to their profession, and have a positive impact on their communities and the field of policing. This year’s forty IACP award recipients come from six countries. Lt. Demeika McClendon is a role model and leader in our state and national award winning Youth Services Division, including being named Florida’s School Resource Office of the Year. A natural leader who focuses on service, she’s also a mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters “Bigs with Badges” of Northwest Florida, and partners with the Okaloosa Drug Endangered Children Alliance. She helped organize an effort to feed more than 100 families in need last Thanksgiving. In addition, she’s contributed countless hours volunteering as a coach for the Niceville High School girls’ basketball program! Since the “IACP 40 Under Forty Award” is designed to shine the spotlight on strong leadership values, positive attitudes, mentorship, and dedicated community service, there is no doubt Lt. McClendon is incredibly deserving.